What is corruption?

  • (noun): Decay of matter (as by rot or oxidation).
    See also — Additional definitions below


In philosophical, theological, or moral discussions, corruption is spiritual or moral impurity or deviation from an ideal. Corruption entails many forms including bribery and embezzlement. Government corruption occurs when an elected representative makes decisions that are influenced by vested interest rather than their own personal or party ideological beliefs.

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Crime In Bucharest - Institutional and Financial Crimes
... A significant problem in the city remains institutional corruption, which is seen as the most important justice-and-law related problem in the city ... While corruption in Romania has declined in recent years due to various government efforts, Bucharest's level of institutional corruption remains somewhat higher than the Romanian average ...
Crime In Mexico - Corruption - In The Judiciary
... of his visit to a number of cities, the rapporteur observed that corruption in the judiciary had not been reduced significantly ...
Criminal Organization - Typical Activities - White-collar Crime and Corruption - Political Corruption
... Political corruption is the use of legislated powers by government officials for illegitimate private gain ... of political opponents and general police brutality, is not considered political corruption ... an officeholder constitutes political corruption only if the act is directly related to their official duties ...
Corruption - Philosophy
... Frequently in philosophical discussions, corruption takes the form of contrasting a pure spiritual form with a corrupted manifestation in the physical world ... Another philosophical use of the term "corruption" is in opposition to "generation," as in Aristotle's book On Generation and Corruption also known as On Coming to Be and ... In this sense, corruption is the process of ceasing to exist and is closely related to the concept of dying given certain views about the nature of living things ...
Corruption In Local Government - Links and References - Web References
... Corruption and Development CHERYL W ... Corruption Network http//www.thesheeplescourt.com Corruption Corruption in different fields Political corruption Police corruption Corporate crime Corruption in local ...

More definitions of "corruption":

  • (noun): Destroying someone's (or some group's) honesty or loyalty; undermining moral integrity.
    Example: "Corruption of a minor"
    Synonyms: subversion
  • (noun): Lack of integrity or honesty (especially susceptibility to bribery); use of a position of trust for dishonest gain.
    Synonyms: corruptness
  • (noun): Inducement (as of a public official) by improper means (as bribery) to violate duty (as by commiting a felony).
    Example: "He was held on charges of corruption and racketeering"
  • (noun): Moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles; its opium parlors.
    Example: "The luxury and corruption among the upper classes"
    Synonyms: degeneracy, depravity

Famous quotes containing the word corruption:

    I condemn Christianity. I raise against the Christian church the most terrible accusation that any accuser has ever uttered. It is to me the ultimate conceivable corruption. It has possessed the will to the final corruption that is even possible. The Christian church has left nothing untouched by its depravity: it has turned every value into a disvalue, every truth into a falsehood, every integrity into a vileness of the soul.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)

    Obscenity, which is ever blasphemy against the divine beauty in life,... is a monster for which the corruption of society forever brings forth new food, which it devours in secret.
    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)

    The corruption of the age is produced by the individual contribution of each one of us; some contribute treachery, others injustice, irreligion, tyranny, avarice, cruelty, in accordance with their greater power; the weaker ones bring stupidity, vanity, passivity, and I am one of them.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592)